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Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung

Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung

Orchesterfassung von Pedro Halffter (2015)

Spiel in einem Akt von Peter Kien

Nach den Quellen herausgegeben und für die Bühne eingerichtet von Henning Brauel

Musikwissenschaftliche Revision von Andreas Krause

Englische Übersetzung von Sonja Lyndon


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: German - English

 
Description
In September 1942 Viktor Ullmann was interned in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt where he composed the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis [The Emperor of Atlantis] on a libretto of Peter Kien, a fellow prisoner, in 1943. This opera was rehearsed by a chamber ensemble founded with the permission of the SS, but its first performance was prohibited after the final rehearsal. The autograph of the score only survived because shortly before his deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, Ullmann handed it, together with the libretto, to a friend who was able to save both manuscripts at the end of the war.

The opera is a parable of tired Death who puts in his place a misanthropic tyrant, whose senseless wars claim many lives – Death finally destroys him by going on strike. The libretto is a vigorous take on the Third Reich and more particularly the concentration camp of Theresienstadt through the means of a mystery play. The music, with its numerous references to jazz and then current light music, sometimes by direct quotation, puts the composer in the role of political commentator, following the tradition of topical opera in the 1920's.
Details
Opus: op. 49b
Performance duration: 60'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 10. Juni 2016 Madrid, Teatro Real, Sala Principal (E) · Dirigent: Pedro Halffter · Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid · Inszenierung: Gustavo Tambascio · Kostüme: Jesús Ruiz · Bühnenbild: Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda
Year of composition: 1943
instrumentation: 3 (3. auch Picc.) · 3 (3. auch Engl. Hr.) · 3 (2. auch Es-Klar., 3. auch Bassklar.) · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - P. S. (Xyl. · Vibr. · Trgl. · Beck. · hg. Beck. · Schellen · Tamt. · Tomt. · 2 kl. Tr. · Holztr. · Rührtr. · gr. Tr.) (3 Spieler) - Hfe. · Klav. - Str.
occupation: Kaiser Overall · Bariton - Der Lautsprecher · Bass - Der Tod · Bass - Harlekin · Tenor - Ein Soldat · Tenor - Bubikopf, ein Soldat · Sopran - Der Trommler · Alt / Mezzosopran
Performances
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
2019-12-14 | Tenerife (Spain), Auditorio de Tenerife — 19:30
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
2018-12-04 | Sevilla (Spain), Teatro de la Maestranza — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
2018-12-02 | Sevilla (Spain), Teatro de la Maestranza — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
2018-11-30 | Sevilla (Spain), Teatro de la Maestranza — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
2016-07-08 | Gran Canaria (Canary Isles (Spain)), Auditorio Alfredo Kraus — 20:30
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-18 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-16 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-14 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-12 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 18:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-10 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00 | World Premiere
In September 1942 Viktor Ullmann was interned in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt where he composed the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis [The Emperor of Atlantis] on a libretto of Peter Kien, a fellow prisoner, in 1943. This opera was rehearsed by a chamber ensemble founded with the permission of the SS, but its first performance was prohibited after the final rehearsal. The autograph of the score only survived because shortly before his deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, Ullmann handed it, together with the libretto, to a friend who was able to save both manuscripts at the end of the war.

The opera is a parable of tired Death who puts in his place a misanthropic tyrant, whose senseless wars claim many lives – Death finally destroys him by going on strike. The libretto is a vigorous take on the Third Reich and more particularly the concentration camp of Theresienstadt through the means of a mystery play. The music, with its numerous references to jazz and then current light music, sometimes by direct quotation, puts the composer in the role of political commentator, following the tradition of topical opera in the 1920's.
Opus: op. 49b
Performance duration: 60'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 10. Juni 2016 Madrid, Teatro Real, Sala Principal (E) · Dirigent: Pedro Halffter · Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid · Inszenierung: Gustavo Tambascio · Kostüme: Jesús Ruiz · Bühnenbild: Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda
Year of composition: 1943
instrumentation: 3 (3. auch Picc.) · 3 (3. auch Engl. Hr.) · 3 (2. auch Es-Klar., 3. auch Bassklar.) · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 - P. S. (Xyl. · Vibr. · Trgl. · Beck. · hg. Beck. · Schellen · Tamt. · Tomt. · 2 kl. Tr. · Holztr. · Rührtr. · gr. Tr.) (3 Spieler) - Hfe. · Klav. - Str.
occupation: Kaiser Overall · Bariton - Der Lautsprecher · Bass - Der Tod · Bass - Harlekin · Tenor - Ein Soldat · Tenor - Bubikopf, ein Soldat · Sopran - Der Trommler · Alt / Mezzosopran
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
2019-12-14 | Tenerife (Spain), Auditorio de Tenerife — 19:30
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
2018-12-04 | Sevilla (Spain), Teatro de la Maestranza — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
2018-12-02 | Sevilla (Spain), Teatro de la Maestranza — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
2018-11-30 | Sevilla (Spain), Teatro de la Maestranza — 20:00 | First Night
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
2016-07-08 | Gran Canaria (Canary Isles (Spain)), Auditorio Alfredo Kraus — 20:30
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-18 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-16 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-14 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-12 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 18:00
Conductor: Pedro Halffter
Orchestra: Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
2016-06-10 | Madrid (Spain), Teatro Real, Sala Principal — 20:00 | World Premiere